Umineko Naku Koro ni ep 20: good enough for a fanservice :3

despite not taking on the game itself, i enjoyed this episode. they summed up ange’s and maria’s background in one go and even slapped in the stakes fanservice. im feeling sorry for the siestas but i guess they’ll have their moment to shine. as for the back story itself, im quite curious as to how ange failed in her training despite her desire to bring them back. did she lose heart in the long run?

im particularly intrigued in this outcome since, being fed with shounen setting, most of the good guys never lose their guts over something they which to attain giving them IMBA powers that makes them overcome IMBA enemies. i wonder why ange lost hope or was there a different reason why she failed?

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  1. Keiri
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 22:07:19

    i wonder why ange lost hope or was there a different reason why she failed?

    Considering who Ange was (during those flashbacks) and who she is now, I’ll wager it has something important to do with her identity. So far, identity has been emphasized a lot throughout the series as one of the major themes, and this can be observed by Beatrice’s efforts in making Battler acknowledge her identity as a witch. It could be possible that by losing one’s bearing due to some dramatic circumstance or experience, one unconsciously risks losing their identity. And by losing that identity, it could bring about losing all privileges (e.g. powers) that come with that identity.

    Anyway, I’m so so glad and relieved to see Maria act really positive and mature for her age compared to the spoiled crybaby she was previously. It’s a very much welcomed change in her personality.

    GYAAA~ *Nosebleed* @ the appearance of all of the Stakes. LOL @ satan for hogging sakutaro all to herself. Guess wrath does prevail when you need to be aggressive in getting what you want. No wonder all the other Stakes fear her. Her temper is something that should never be messed with. :p

    And that dorm mistress FAILS. Railgun dorm mistress FTW!!!!

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  2. baka~
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 15:39:48

    It could be possible that by losing one’s bearing due to some dramatic circumstance or experience, one unconsciously risks losing their identity.

    a nice observation. somehow, the way you explained this had a ‘shounen’ feel in it. after all, the guys in the shounen genre never lose their ‘path’ / forsake their identity and that grants them their strength.

    And that dorm mistress FAILS. Railgun dorm mistress FTW!!!!

    hell yeah! she ain’t at par enough in breaking bones and crushing wills compared to the railgun devil :D

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  3. Keiri
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 23:08:01

    somehow, the way you explained this had a ’shounen’ feel in it. after all, the guys in the shounen genre never lose their ‘path’ / forsake their identity and that grants them their strength

    So far the common trend in shounen is that the individuals always manage to rebound from whatever dump they got shoved into as long as they don’t lose hope or they have comrades who support them emotionally, which is perhaps why it will be interesting to see Ange lose her powers permanently and the reasons behind it. It’s kind of crushing to see that she’s all alone as a human and that she needs to fully depend on herself to keep her beliefs firm without support from others. Taking away this cornerstone could mean the demise of her beliefs and immediately spell the end of her identity as a witch.

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